CHICAGO (July 31, 2017) – Chicagoland’s new-car dealer association, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), matched Gerald Subaru of Naperville’s $1,500 donation to Junior Achievement of Chicago, collectively donating $3,000 to the charity through the CATA’s Chicagoland Dealers Care initiative. Junior Achievement of Chicago’s mission is to empower young people to own their economic success.
“Local new-car dealerships, such as Gerald Subaru of Naperville, play a vital role in their communities,” said CATA Chairman Ray Scarpelli, Jr. “The CATA began the Chicagoland Dealers Care program in 2008 to build upon the charitable efforts of Chicagoland’s metropolitan dealers who graciously donate to causes all year round.”
Gerald Subaru of Naperville’s Director of Accounting and Finance John Dvorak, who has volunteered his time to the charity for more than a decade, heard about the Chicagoland Dealers Care program and nominated the charity for consideration.
“I still remember a Junior Achievement of Chicago volunteer – a stock broker – who visited my class in grade school,” said Dvorak. “He opened my eyes to the world of business and investing. I later started a small service and sales business as a kid, and began trading in my own brokerage account at 12 years old.”
“The more we educate young people on financial literacy and entrepreneurship, the stronger our community will be,” Dvorak continued.
Junior Achievement of Chicago’s Vice President, Suburban Operations, Derek Ernst says it’s evident that Gerald Auto Group and Gerald Subaru of Naperville truly believe in and are committed to investing in their communities.
“Gerald Auto Group is truly making a difference for the youth in both DuPage and Kane Counties,” said Ernst. “Gerald Subaru of Naperville, under the leadership of its General Manager Alec McKean, has been a key sponsor for Junior Achievement’s Annual DuPage Board Fundraiser, donating $7,500 over the last seven years, with a most recent donation of $1,500.”
McKean commented, “We are pleased to be able to support the volunteer efforts of our employees with financial donations. Employees such as John [Dvorak] exemplify the Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment – by not just helping the community with donations, but by actions.”
The CATA has been a longtime supporter of local non-profit organizations. Since its inception in 2008, the Chicagoland Dealers Care program has donated nearly $100,000 to local charitable organizations supported by new-car dealers. Additionally, since 1992, the association has raised nearly $48 million for significant Chicago-area charities during the annual First Look for Charity black-tie event, held the evening before the Chicago Auto Show opens to the public.
For more details on the Chicagoland Dealers Care program, please visit www.ChicagolandDealersCare.com. For more information on Junior Achievement of Chicago, visit: http://www.jachicago.org.